Author: Karen Stivali
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.
Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.
Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.
James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinarysecrets.
But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.
Warning: This foodie romance contains sensual scone baking, a heroine who discovers one bad apple hasn’t spoiled her appetite, and a delicious hero you can’t help but crave. Blend well, serve hot.
When Kay returned home for her Grandmother’s funeral to find a strange woman in her kitchen wearing nothing but Kay’s boyfriend’s shirt, all she could think about was escaping to her favorite place, her newly inherited beach house. Everything there reminded her of her summers growing up with her Grandmother, and her secret crush James. When she just happens to run into James at his family’s fish market and he invites her to his restaurant to taste one of her grandmother’s recipes, how could she say no?? He is still as hot as ever and Kay can’t help but feel those old feelings stirring.
One look at the grown up Kimmy, or Kay as she is called now, and James remembers all the feelings he had for her when they were younger. He’d do just about anything to spend more time with her for as long as she decides to stick around. Neither one of them expects what a few shared recipes turns into.
I absolutely loved this story!! Kay was so down to earth, personable and likeable. I found it was almost impossible NOT to cry at her Grandmother’s funeral. My heart felt for her after everything she had been through and was going to have to go through. She was going to have to make some very tough decisions alone. And James, what a sweetheart!! Always just being there for her. When he asked Kay for a few of her grandmother’s recipes for the restaurant he was opening and she offered to teach him how to make them, I knew things were going to get interesting. It was pretty apparent from the start that they both still had some very strong feelings and neither was going to be happy with just being friends. Of course Kay was going to be a little cautious after what she had just gone through with her ex but she also knew that James was not that kind of man.
James has the patience of a Saint. When it comes time to decide whether to stay at the shore and live in the beach house or go back to the job she loves as a traveling photographer which will she choose? Which does she love more? And will she be happy with her choice??
This book made me want to scream, cry, and at times shake my head out of frustration. But in the end everything is as it’s meant to be and all those emotions are well worth experiencing just to get the full effect of “Jimmy and Kimmy”… I personally would have to give Then Again 4.5 stars.
Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.
Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora’s Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award – 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader’s Choice Award – 2013).
Her works of women’s fiction, Meant To Be, and its sequel, Holding On, (published by Turquoise Morning Press in August and November 2012, respectively) both made multiple Best of 2012 lists and are rated as true gems and recommended reads.
Karen’s latest release, Then, Again is a contemporary foodie romance published by Samhain Publishing.
To learn more about Karen and all her upcoming books you can visit her website karenstivali.com where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/karenstivali